Speaking at the House of Lords in Westminster on Tuesday 7 November King Charles III ushered in the start of the political year and laid out the Government’s plans for the next 12-months.
The King detailed ministers would “focus on the safety of the British people for generations to come” by implementing tougher sentences for serious offenders and antisocial behaviour as well as legislation to “empower” police forces.
NTIA CEO Michael Kill CEO said: “Our night-time economy is the heartbeat of our city, a place where culture, creativity, and community come alive. I'm deeply passionate about preserving its vitality.
“The King's Speech has ushered us into a critical moment, with Protect Duty legislation and a focus on anti-social behaviour in the spotlight.
“We yearn for unconditional collaboration, not division, and stand ready to work hand in hand with authorities to ensure the safety and vibrancy of our cities.”
In addition, the King referenced Martyn’s Law, which will see a new consultation on the standard tier for venues of 100 to 799 people.
Moreover, Parliament will work to take action on the number of unlicensed taxis, the King added.
“Our question is whether these measures will unite us, present ill-thought-out consequential challenges or pull us apart. We believe in unity. Our industry is all about open dialogue, cooperation, and shared responsibility”, Kill continued.
However, many voices from across the sector expressed “disappointment” with the address as there no specific reference was made as to how the Government would support hospitality businesses over the coming year.
Kill added he was “deeply passionate” about “preserving the vitality” of the night-time economy.
He concluded: “We implore the Government, the Home Secretary, and policing authorities to see this as a chance to strengthen partnerships and let our industry thrive.”